Qua Humbug

"Turn from the glittering bribe thy scornful eye / Nor sell for gold what gold could never buy."

“The spirit of truth can dwell in science on condition that the motive prompting the [scientist] is the love of the object which forms the stuff of his investigations. That object is the universe in which we live. What can we find to love about it if it isn’t its beauty? The true definition of science is this: the study of the beauty of the world.”

—   Simone Weil, The Need for Roots (1943)

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“We were carried up as it were to heaven, and then down again into the deep: our soul melted within us, because of trouble; Then cried we unto thee, O Lord: and thou didst deliver us out of our distress.”

—   From “A Hymn of Praise and Thanksgiving after a dangerous Tempest.” 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Forms of Prayer to Be Used at Sea.

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hipster Moses
Bible, Hagenau ca. 1441-1449.
Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 19, fol. 141v

discardingimages:

hipster Moses

Bible, Hagenau ca. 1441-1449.

Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 19, fol. 141v

“So there will be two ways to wear the new Apple Watch, and the even more powerful and intimate devices yet to come: to treat it like a tool, or to treat it like magic. We can see this watch as just one more tool—one more way to move mindfully (and watchfully?) through an enduringly mysterious world. Not as a way to master ourselves or our surroundings, but as a way to be reminded of, and grounded in, our embodied limitations. One of Apple’s promotional images for the new Watch showed it reminding its owner to stand up and walk around after sitting too long (presumably in front of a screen). That’s the kind of simple, humbling prompt we human beings need. Or we can indulge the hope that this device (or some new version just down the road) will free us from our limits—will help us know what we cannot know and avoid what we cannot avoid. Wear the Watch that way, and you’ll not only be disappointed—along the way you’ll miss much of what actually makes life worth living. As with all technology, the choice with the Apple Watch will come down to this: to wear it like a human being, or wear it like a god.”

—   Andy Crouch

I could listen to the first track by Wim Mertens on this playlist again and again…

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“Thinking is not speaking. It is a very difficult thing to discover and acquire the language of one’s own thought. Each separate individual is very likely original in his thought. But between his thought and its fit expression the well established common language stands like an enormous, impenetrable wall, like an all-devouring monster, like a steam-roller levelling everything down. Only the whole strength of love, only a loving strength, and strength joined to humility and devotion can make it personal, and yet in such a way that it remains the common tongue.”

—   Theodor Haecker, Journal in the Night. Entry 366, 1940.

“When my son Reinhard was a year old, and for weeks on end had attacks of croup every night, almost choking to death, everything became dark before my eyes, for I could not and cannot see in this the faintest glimmer of reason, it is utterly unintelligible. Man has no immediate consciousness of the innumerable generations that preceded him or of those that are to follow. Ten or a million are all one. Everything that a generation experiences in the way of misfortune happens, where immediate consciousness is concerned, just once. And yet it happened and happens probably for millions of years. That is reflective knowledge. And it creates difficulties. It puts the unanswerable question: why this endless repetition of unspeakable misfortunes through thousands of generations? That is where faith has to fight its hardest battles. And it can be seen that reflection, where the stream of knowledge always runs thin, is its greatest opponent, and its most dangerous one.”

—   Theodor Haecker

“Looking with a certain contempt upon Christianity, you observe that it has no philosophy, no metaphysic. But is that not an error? The Christian’s metaphysics is—that he eats God.”

—   Theodor Haecker, Journal in the Night

See what happens when you want to furnish a house. Until now you never thought of furniture, so little indeed that going about the streets of Paris where every fourth shop is a collector’s, you did not even see the things; the shapes did not make you stop; you did not know the tendencies of fashion, the chances of the find, the specialty of this or that district, the prices, etc. On the contrary, now that your mind is awakened by desire, everything strikes you; everything holds you; Paris is like a huge store, and you know in a week what a lifetime would not have taught you.

Truth is commoner than articles of furniture. It cries out in the streets and does not turn its back on us when we turn our backs on it. Ideas emerge from facts; they also emerge from conversations, chance occurrences, theaters, visits, strolls, the most ordinary books. Everything holds treasures…

[A. G. Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods]